The first groundhog day ever


WORLD'S FIRST GROUNDHOG DAY
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When was the world's first groundhog day?

So as tradition goes a bunch of people stand around a hole  and wait for a rodent (actually a member of the squirrel family) to come out. They then throw a big party and all is forgotten for another year.

The Groundhog day tradition stems back many centuries but it wasn't until February 02 1887 in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania that the tradition matured and official records were kept.

On this day, with some prodding, Puxatawny Pete or Puxatawny Phil, (depends on which is alive), climbs out of his hole and predicts whether winter is over or not.

Groundhog day rules:

  • If the rodent sees his shadow: 6 more weeks of winter.

  • If the rodent doesn't see his shadow: spring is at hand.

Groundhog day is based on Candlemas Day, an ancient tradition of early Christians in Europe and the groundhog replaced the badger of German tradition.

Just for the record, in 1887 the varmint saw his shadow and 6 more weeks of winter were forecast. But don't be despaired, the squirrel has an accuracy record of under 40%.


The first groundhog day ever

The first groundhog day ever

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